Budapest, Hungary-based Graphisoft, a building information modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced the launch of EcoDesigner STAR Public Beta, the first software that places standard-compliant energy analysis in the heart of the architects’ BIM work environment.

EcoDesigner STAR enables architects to design the most energy-efficient buildings, without having to rely on input from engineers or specialist consultants. Built on ArchiCAD 16’s native Energy Evaluation infrastructure, EcoDesigner enables architects to use ArchiCAD’s BIM directly as a building energy model (BEM). The company says this ensures streamlined collaboration between designers and energy consultants.

In addition, EcoDesigner STAR offers standard-compliant energy analyses on the BEM and produces a detailed building performance report.

"Architects are taking more and more responsibility for the energy performance of their designs," said Laszlo Vertesi, Vice President of Development at Graphisoft. "EcoDesigner STAR offers energy evaluation based on standard compliant technology, right out of the box, throughout the entire design process.”